Himalayan Lake Treks is a blessing in disguise as compared to other treks. One is able to experience life and nature in a different spectacle with lakes around. These treks redefine adventure and nature’s soliloquy.Here is the list of the famous Himalayan Lake treks:
It is 2,438 meters above the sea level, situated 3 km on an uphill trek from the village Mastura and Sari. The famous district of this sky reflecting lake is known as Rudraprayag. It is a 2 km trek from Sari village which is quite apt for the beginners.
Wildlife is quite prominent here. With a bit of good luck, one can spot chital and deer. An overnight stay can lead to the star-studded sky with the lake looking pristine in the moonlight. The Chaukhamba range surrounding it provides a different spectacle at the same time. Other famous ranges of the Himalayas, snowcapped provide the background to the mesmerizing view.
Best Time to visit: If you want to experience one of the most beautiful nights of serenity, March to mid –June is the best. Monsoon can be a bit treacherous with land sliding and road blockages. In Winters, the weather becomes severely cold and harsh.
Place: Himachal Pradesh
It is located at an altitude of about 4300 meters on the Samudra Tapu plateau. The Chandra Taal meaning the Lake of the moon is derived after its crescent shape. It was declared one of the world heritage sites in 2005. The trek is quite difficult as the lake is one of the two high-altitude wetlands of India that have been designated as Ramsar sites. It can be considered pocket friendly if one wants to experience a similar landscape of Ladakh as the Lake lies in the Spiti part of Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh. The difficulty level is moderate as compared to Ladakh trek. The only time trek becomes difficult is during the river crossing. However, it can be managed.
Ever wondered how different shades and hues of blue, yellow, green would look in the water? This lake fills your quest in that regard. The beauty of the lake reflects each color in the sky, from the depths of its aquatic life making you feel at home with mother nature. Emerald green in the dusk, predawn changes to turquoise still blue, and with sunrise, it suffuses with orange, pinkish fighting with the shades of violet and blue. It seems Van Gogh's colorful canvas in the sky.
Best Time to visit: June to the midst of October is the ideal time to have an amazing experience.
Roopkund is located at 4,800 meters above sea level. Nearest hill stations are Nanital and Kathodgam. It is located in the Chamoli district of Garhwal. The lake is also called as "the mystery lake" as almost 500 skeletons are found at the edge of the lake. Some studies show that the skeletons belong to Paleolithic age as there are findings of animal skeletons along with some evidence of jewelry, Due to the cold weather and the water surface around, the skeletons did not decay.
Conifer forests at the edge of the hills, marked with the Pindar river on the trek provides a sensational adventure. It is located at the base of two Himalayan peaks, Trishul and Nandghungti giving the taste of bucolic life in the mountain ranges. The autumn season comes in the wake of several religious festivities adding color to the life around. Trekking begins after the road travel through Lohajung with certain areas befitting for camping.
Best time to visit: Weather is quite hostile throughout the period, hence properly equipped traveling is recommended.
With the maximum altitude of 13000 ft, Kashmir Great Lakes Trek surpasses any person's ability to describe the whole experience. It is located above Sonamarg which lies on the Srinagar- Leh highway just before the Zozila Pass. It is an eight-day trek where the altitude shifts as you cross Sonamarg to reach Nichnai to Vishansar lake. On reaching there, then the next camp destinations are Gadsar, Satsar, Gangabal twin lakes respectively.
The remoteness of its meadows and valleys teems intermittently with Maple and pine trees. The canopy of the trees welcomes the shadow of light in its silence, as several brooks run down rhythmically to join Nichanai. As we reach Gadsar, the panoramic sight of previous crossed Tal in their depth can be observed. The freshwater of the lakes is an elixir for both soul and body. Fitness and good stamina are required. The trekking difficulty is moderate.
Best time to visit: June and September as the spring is in its full bloom.
Place: Manali, Himachal Pradesh
This trek is extraordinary because it provides you with the grassland experience along with an unparalleled frozen lake in June. It is located on the elevation of 4300 meters in Kullu district. It is four kilometers away from Gulaba village which is often taken as the starting point of the trek.
The name of the lake is taken from the great sage Bhrigu who went into deep meditation here. Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar are the mountain ranges one witnesses as one enters the alpine within a short while. The endless green carpet rolled out can make one confuse which side it is greener! The meadow changes its shapes, texture but not its tranquil mood.
Best Time To Visit: June to September
Place: Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
It is also known as Kumarwah Lake with its shallow, freshwater picturesque beauty with an altitude of 2,934 meters above the sea level. Situated about 9 kilometers to the northwest of Dharamshala, in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. The trek has its own local culture and life as Gujjars and Gaddis inhabit the nearby villages. Long, tall conifers provide the vibrancy of the place. The freshwater comes from the Dhauladhar range. The flawless water then after joining the lake flows in numerous forms of a stream known as Nylund.
Best time to visit: For an ecstatic experience, the winter months of December to March will be preferable.
Place: Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
Located at 2713 meters altitude, it is prominently known as the hidden gem of Kullu Valley surrounded by Dhauladhar ranges. The trek is surrounded by trees and rills flowing in its aquatic beauty. Pir Panjal and Kannar are other mountain caps mounting the scene.
The lake provides beautiful Himalayan architecture with the temple of Prashar Rishi in the center with its sensuous beauty. It is quite an easy trek of days. One of the amazing things about this trek is that one can choose one's starting point.
Best Time To visit: January and February with pristine snow in its beauty.
It is situated at 3310 meters above sea level. It is named after the rare Himalayan trout known as Dodi in the local language. Dense deodar trees surround the lake. The trek starts from Dehradun where you will tread to Uttarkashi. Sangam Chati is the tiny settlement one will come across.
The trek is replete with fauna as one witness a variety of birds like Brown Fronted Woodpecker, Grey Tit, Himalayan Babbler, Grey Shrike, Pink finch, Common Chiffchaff and the list goes on. The myth has it that it has been the birthplace of Lord Ganesha, hence one of his temples at the corner of the lake. The trek is quite easy given what route you chose.
Best Time To Travel: April –June / September to November
Located at 12,200 ft, Brahmatal Lake Trek provides a full package to a nature lover. The initial part of the trek will acquaint you with the old, ancient oaks along with rhododendrons. This beautiful forest cover acts as a beautiful flowery roof during the springtime. As one moves out them, one is embraced by gigantic ice-capped peaks like Mt Nanda Ghunti and Mt. Trishul. The trek becomes exhilarating as one feels enveloped with further Himalayan ranges like Mt Chaukhamba, Mt Neelkanth, Mt Hathi Ghoda.
This trek is an amazing experience as it has two lakes, a forest cover, and a meadow to the spectacle at, making it one of the finest treks of North India. The trek is considered fit for both seasoned and raw trekkers.
Best time to visit: December, January, February, MarchPic Source
This trek is often compared with its sister trek: Kashmir Great Lake. The trek involves three lakes: Tarsar, Marsar, and Sundarsar. However, it is the two former lakes where one gets to camp as the third lake gets hidden by the clouds. The alpine lake trek starts from the base camp Aru where the trek starts towards Lidderwat. One witnesses splendid Chinar tree forest and Lidder river on the trek which originates from the Kolahoi glacier. Then there is the further trek towards Shekwas which finally leads to Tarsar. The vast meadows, the changing vistas, the silence of nature with the soliloquy of the flora and fauna rhythmically dancing in its lyre provide sensuality to life. Also, the night sky is like a telescope peep into the Milky Way galaxy where one can just fathom the brilliance of nature around.
Best Place To Visit: Mid- June- September
Place: Manali, Himachal Pradesh
It is situated at 3700 meters of attitude. It is quite famous as the river Beas which flows throughout Manali, originates from here. The legend has it that Sage Vyasa who wrote Mahabharata used to bathe in it. It is quite popular among the trekkers as it compasses lush green mountain ranges of Pir Panjal, Hanuman Tibba, Friendship Peak, Shitidhar, and Seven Sisters. The brook flowing out Kund gets scattered in various stream enlightening life around. The trek varies from easy to moderate.
Best Time To Visit: July to September
Kedar Tal is a glacial lake situated at an altitude of 4,750 meters in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas in India. Considered as one of the most spectacular lakes in the world, it is fed by the melting snow of Thalaysagar and Brighupanth peak. The peaks like Manda, Bhagirathi, Gangotri, Bhrigupanth have seen in their gigantic massive beauty from closed proximity that it takes the breath away.
It is a seven-day trek which is remote and isolated as compared to other treks. The terrain is quite treacherous, as the path is steep, convoluted with boulders. At the same time, the trail also has lush and vibrant meadows. Seasoned trekkers opt for this trek.
Best month to Visit: May: June, September and, October